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CASLE hosts the British Association for Applied Linguistics (BAAL) Annual Conference

Posted on 25 September 2023

The BAAL Annual Conference was held across 23-25 August 2023 at Univerity of York.

Colleagues from the Centre for Advanced Studies in Language and Education (CASLE) hosted the 56th Annual Conference of the British Association of Applied Linguistics (BAAL). Attracting over 350 in-person delegates representing over 30 countries and 100 universities, the event made a significant contribution to opening up the field of applied linguistics with a programme of plenary talks representing a broad range of topics in applied linguistics as well as CASLE’s work opening up scholarship in applied linguistics:

Colleagues celebrating after the closing ceremonyColleagues celebrating after the closing ceremony

What’s so good about transparency? Decolonising Applied Linguistics for whom 
Prof. Alison Phipps, University of Glasgow

Open scholarship in Applied Linguistics: Past, present, and future 
Prof. Emma Marsden and Dr. Cylcia Bolibaugh, University of York, and Dr Meng Liu, Beijing Foreign Studies University

Opening up language education in the aftermath of the pandemic 
Prof. Glenn Stockwell, Waseda University, Tokyo, Japan

Postdigital possibilities in Applied Linguistics 
Dr. Ibrar Bhatt, Queen’s University Belfast, UK

With a view to opening up the conference to the wider BAAL community, these talks as well as the following sessions were live streamed.

  • Applying Linguistics Fund (individual papers)
  • Open research in Applied Linguistics: What and how (LOC invited colloquium)
  • PGR symposium (individual lightning talks)
  • Exploring the TESOL teaching research matrix (symposium)

In the spirit of the theme of the conference, delegates were also encouraged to make their research open and share materials from their contributions to BAAL via the conference’s OSF site. It is still possible to contribute to this site which will remain available as a permanent archive of the conference.

The conference also featured a packed social programme including speed networking, a boat trip and gala dinner. A taste of delegate’s experiences of these activities and the conference programme can be access via the conference’s Twitter handle @BAAL2023York and #BAA2023York.

BAAL Local Organising Committee

Volha Arkhipenka, Cylcia Bolibaugh, Giulia Bovolenta, Natalie Finlayson, Zoe Handley, Michelle Hunter, Ursula Lanvers, Tetyana Lunyova, Emma Marsden, Nadia Mifka-Profozic, David O’Reilly